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Articles from Vol. 51, No. 4, December

2012 Busan Biennale: Busan Museum of Art, South Korea
WHAT KIND OF EXHIBITION might reestablish art's capacity to engage in, even generate, a genuine public sphere? This is asking a lot, of course: Assembling artworks that thema-tize various forms of injustice does not necessarily meet the challenge (and...
2012 Gwangju Biennale: Various Venues
THE 2012 GWANGJU BIENNALE, titled "Roundtable," was the very image of contradiction: Diverse perspectives convened--collided?--around the idea of collaboration itself, turning the act of assembling shared viewpoints into one of radical dispersal. Although...
30th Sao Paulo Bienal: Pavilhao Ciccillo Matarazzo, Parque Ibirapuera
LUIS PEREZ-ORAMAS, the chief curator of the Thirtieth Sao Paulo Bienal, stakes out a critical space for an "imminent poetics"--for "what is on the verge of happening, the word on the tip of one's tongue," as he puts it--as if now is the time for art...
30th Sao Paulo Bienal: Pavilhao Ciccillo Matarazzo, Parque Ibirapuera
"LANGUAGE IS ALWAYS A STATE OF EXHIBITION.' The line perfectly encapsulates one of the dominant aesthetic strategies on view in the Thirtieth Sao Paulo Bienal. Taken from Alejandro Cesarco's video Methodology, 2011, one of the most thoughtful among...
"A Disagreeable Object": Sculpturecenter
"A Disagreeable Object" had a simple premise: Surrealism's afoot. More difficult was the proof. Arguing for an avant-garde's renewed relevance first entails defining the original movement--no easy task when that avant-garde was exceptionally long-lived...
After the Deluge
THE WEEK THIS ISSUE of Artforum was supposed to go to press, the "natural" disaster dubbed Hurricane Sandy devastated thousands of homes and huge swaths of coastline in the eastern United States. I use scare quotes around natural because the weather...
Alix Pearlstein: On Stellar Rays
In a video projected wall-size, people come and go. They meet, part, walk toward one another, and run away. They confront the camera or they ignore it. The only sounds are of footsteps, quickening and slowing. Facial expressions are for the most part...
Amy Taubin: AMY TAUBIN IS A CONTRIBUTING EDITOR OF FILM COMMENT AND SIGHT & SOUND AND THE AUTHOR OF TAXI DRIVER (BFI, 2000). THIS YEAR, TAUBIN SERVED ON THE SELECTION COMMITTEE FOR THE NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL
1 COSMOPOLIS (David Cronenberg) As Videodrome was to McLuhanesque TV addiction in 1982, Cronenberg's adaptation of Don DeLillo's novel is to the new flesh of cybercapitalism. An elegant, minimalist digital death trip, a video game in which everyone...
Andra Ursuta: Ramiken Crucible
An unusual news story emerged from debt-addled Eastern Europe last January: The Roma (or "Gypsy") witches of Romania were facing a new, 16 percent income tax. Farewell, black-market magic. Although the new law gave some credibility to the much-maligned...
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's Fase: Tate Modern, London
ONE OF THE FEW HIGHLIGHTS of this past summer's Cultural Olympiad, the UK government's austerity-busting spending spree, was the July opening of the Tanks, Tate Modern's new gallery spaces. Back in the days when Tate Modern was a power station, the...
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Tokyo 1955-1970 Edited and text by Doryun Chong. Text by Michio Hayashi, Miryam Sas, Mika Yoshitake. THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK Published to accompany the current MoMA exhibition, this volume explores the extraordinary convergence...
"Bernadette Corporation: 2000 Wasted Years": Artists Space, New York
ONE OF THE MOST PUZZLING THINGS about Bernadette Corporation is that it never became truly commercially viable in either the fashion or the art system--unlike many of its peers in the 1990s and 2000s, who were able to capitalize on the interface of...
Bernd and Hilla Becher: Sonnabend Gallery
The photographic enterprise of Bernd and Hilla Becher is by now as seemingly archetypal as the structures it documents. Recording, over several decades, a range of building "typologies" around the globe--from water towers to grain elevators--their...
Bruno Botella: Galerie Samy Abraham
When visiting the exhibition "Oborot," one is quickly struck by the coherence of the ensemble composed by eight works, all executed this past summer in the gallery itself. Black, white, and gray provide the dominant color scheme and produce a first...
Carsten Nicolai: Hangarbicocca
Carsten Nicolai's unidisplay, 2012, is a monumental visual and sound landscape that extends horizontally for about 160 feet, infinitely multiplied by mirrored walls at both ends. Twenty-four visual modules follow sequentially on a screen, where the...
Celeste Boursier-Mougenot: Galerie Xippas
The precipitous staircase leading to Galerie Xippas is certainly one of the most astounding bits of architecture among the Marais galleries. From the bottom of the steps, one cannot see the top. Only the light indicates where the landing must be; one...
"Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties": Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna
WITH SOME SHOWS, I leave knowing less than I did before entering them. "Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties" was not one of those. Beautifully installed at MUMOK by curator Achim Hochdorfer in close collaboration with the artist, this exhibition allowed us...
Daniel Baumann
1 TEHRAN'S MUSEUMS People are getting crazy--and scared--about Iran (and maybe rightly so). But there are many Irans, so get on a plane (it's cheap) and go visit a few of the country's revelatory museums. The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, which...
Daniel Birnbaum
1 "THE SMALL UTOPIA: ARS MULTIPLICATA" (FONDAZIONE PRADA, VENICE; CURATED BY GERMANO CELANT) This exceptionally rich exploration of the art of multiplica-tion--from Sonia Delaunay to Marcel Duchamp to Yoko Ono, and with more than six hundred works--held...
D-L Alvarez: University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Replete with spectacular references that range from infamous crimes to pop-cultural benchmarks, D-L Alvarez's work unfailingly invites interpretations driven by his fascinating interests and almost always neglectful of what the artist has done with...
"Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language": Museum of Modern Art, New York
WRITING DURING A VERY DIFFERENT MOMENT IN ART, scholar and critic Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, seeking to construct a genealogy for contemporary conceptual practices, famously asserted that the artist Robert Morris irrevocably altered the reflexive constitution...
Ed Ruscha: Kunsthaus Bregenz
The German word for "letter," Buchstabe, incorporates the word Buch, "book," as if to remind us that books are the natural place of residence for letters and signs in general, like an animal's burrow. Ed Ruscha is an artist who has a unique relationship...
Eungie Joo
1 "ENDS OF THE EARTH: LAND ART TO 1974" (THE GEFFEN CONTEMPORARY AT MOCA, LOS ANGELES: CURATED BY PHILIPP KAISER AND MIWON KWON) Not only do Kaiser and Kwon brilliantly reframe the widely accepted idea that Land art was a macho US phenomenon, they...
Farewell to an Identity
FROM THE PERSPECTIVE of the hegemonic reality principle that has defined modernity--i.e., the subject position we have traditionally identified as bour-geois--all forms and practices of artistic and political contestation, transgression, and critique...
Geoff Dyer
How quickly we take the unprecedented for granted! I'd never come across anything like Roberto Calasso's The Ruin of Kasch (1983/94) and The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony (1988/93) when I read them in translation in the late 1990s. Calvin[degrees]...
Helen Molesworth
1 ALINA SZAPOCZNIKOW (HAMMER MUSEUM, LOS ANGELES; CU RATED BY ELENA FILIPOVIC AND JOANNA MYTKOWSKA) This was one of the most exciting bodies of work I've seen in a longtime. Mouths, boobs, lightbulbs, limbs, marble, plastic--the exhibition, organized...
Jack Bankowsky
1 CHRISTOPHER WOOL (MUSEE D'ART MODERNE DE LA VILLE DE PARIS: CURATED BY FABRICE HERGOTT) I never gave Wool's art the time of day until this survey of recent paintings roused me from my slumber. When I first encountered Wool's word paintings in the...
Jack Goldstein: Orange County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
WHEN IT WAS FIRST ANNOUNCED that curator Philipp Kaiser would be mounting an assessment of Jack Goldstein's career at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, there was an instant buzz about it. Goldstein has always been a charged presence, and...
Jacobo Castellano: Galeria Fucares
Jacobo Castellano emerged on the Spanish art scene a decade ago with works that vividly retrace the memory of his early years in the southern region of his native Andalusia. Ever since, the distinctive environment in which Castellano spent his childhood...
James Quandt: JAMES QUANDT, SENIOR PROGRAMMER AT TIFF CINEMATHEQUE IN TORONTO, IS THE EDITOR OF APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL (WALLFLOWER PRESS, 2009) AND ROBERT BRESSON (REVISED) (UNIVERSITY OF INDIANA PRESS, 2012)
1 LA NOCHE DE ENFRENTE and LA MALETA (Raul Ruiz) Life seems untenable without more films from Ruiz, whose final offerings--a feature that merrily journeys toward mortality, and his recently discovered and reworked first film, a mise en abyme short...
Jason Moran: JASON MORAN, A PIANIST AND COMPOSER BASED IN NEW YORK, SERVES AS ARTISTIC ADVISER FOR JAZZ TO THE JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER IN WASHINGTON. DC. (SEE CONTRIBUTORS.)
1 ROY HAYNES AND THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH BAND (Marcus Garvey Park, New York, August 25) At age eighty-seven. drummer Roy Haynes represents the finest that jazz has to offer. During his band's performance at the 2012 Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, the...
Jesper Just: James Cohan Gallery
Even before we digest the action in Jesper Just's video installation This Nameless Spectacle, 2011, the work strikes us as visual experience: Its setup is literally encompassing in that it is projected on two long facing walls between which its viewers...
J. Hoberman: J. HOBERMAN'S NEW BOOK, FILM AFTER FILM: OR, WHAT BECAME OF 21ST CENTURY CINEMA?, WAS PUBLISHED BY VERSO IN AUGUST
1 "WERNER SCHROETER" (Museum 1 of Modern Art, New York) The late underground genius of the Neue Kino got a massive, massively deserved retrospective, complete with his early work in Super 8. Schroeter's great period may have fallen between 1969 and...
John Cale
JOHN CALE IS PERHAPS BEST KNOWN AS A FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE VELVET UNDERGROUND AND THE PRODUCER OF HISTORIC ALBUMS FROM THE STOOGES' DEBUT RECORD TO PATTI SMITH'S HORSES. CURRENTLY ON A GLOBAL TOUR IN SUPPORT OF HIS FIFTEENTH SOLO ALBUM, SHIFTY ADVENTURES...
John Opera: Andrew Rafacz Gallery
Whether as an architectural blueprint or a photogram, the cyanotype is infinitely alluring. Articulated by or within a field of deep Persian blue, images produced by this rudimentary two-chemical photographic process can be more graphically beguiling...
John Waters: JOHN WATERS RECENTLY HITCHHIKED ALONE ACROSS THE USA. HE IS CURRENTLY WRITING A BOOK ON HIS EXPERIENCE, TITLED CARSICK, TO BE PUBLISHED BY FARRAR, STRAUS AND GIROUX NEXT YEAR
1 THE DEEP BLUE SEA (Terence Davies) 1 The agony and passion of obsessive love and a broken heart are so well wrought here that you'll wish you were suicidal over someone who didn't love you back. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 2 PARADISE: FAITH (Ulrich...
Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe: Marlborough Chelsea
It's safe to say that no one will ever accuse Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe of lacking ambition. Over the past six years, the artist team has created (and, in a few cases, re-created) one madly elaborate environment after another, physically and psychologically...
Jorge Pardo: Galerie Gisela Capitain
Parts of each of five large paintings by Jorge Pardo (all works Untitled, 2012) hung in the first room at Galerie Gisela Capitain. But they extended far beyond this one space: Like moss or lichen, they proliferated on the walls of all three of the...
Julianne Swartz: Decordova Sculpture Park and Museum
"How Deep Is Your," the elliptical title of Julianne Swartz's first major museum survey, doubles as the title of a 2012 work that comprises a seemingly incompatible overlay of two distinctive sound tracks about love transported through the museum's...
Karen Kilimnik: Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwich, Connecticut
I'VE BEEN HEARING ABOUT art as social practice for a while, but this year there was truly no escaping it. Not clear what the phrase really means, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't include most of what Martha Stewart still intrepidly serves up in Living....
Kelly Richardson: Northern Gallery for Contemporary art/Spanish City Dome
Kelly Richardsons uncannily evocative works are as haunting as they are beautiful. The UK-based Canadian artist works meticulously with advanced digital technology, interwoven with dramatic natural wilderness landscapes, to construct intricate imagery...
Kiyoshi Nakagami: Gal-Erie Richard
The striking thing about Kiyoshi Nakagami's paintings is not so much their sublimity, but the unexpected influence of Barnett Newman's "zip" on their construction--"unexpected" because Nakagami's ethereal waterfalls of gold paint on black grounds are,...
Leandro Katz: Henrique Faria Fine Art
A series of images produced according to preset constraints, Leandro Katz's S(h)elf Portrait, 1972, recalls, at first glance, the Photoconcep-tualism of Ed Ruscha or John Baldessari, yet close inspection reveals something altogether more labyrinthine...
@ Lil Internet
@ LIL INTERNET HAS MADE MUSIC, VIDEOS, AND MUSIC VIDEOS SINCE HE WAS TWELVE. EARLIER THIS YEAR, HE DIRECTED THE VIDEO FOR DIPLO AND NICKY DA B'S "EXPRESS YOURSELF" AND, FOR THE MAGAZINE DAZED & CONFUSED. MADE A MIXTAPE OF DMX PRAYING OVER AMBIENT...
Lindsay Seers: Artangel at the Tin Tabernacle
A rusting, corrugated iron chapel in North London hosted Lindsay Seers's captivating installation Nowhere Less Now, the latest site-specific project to be commissioned by Artangel. Seers transformed the interior of this nineteenth-century church, known...
Liz Wendelbo
A BROOKLYN-BASED ARTIST AND MUSICIAN, LIZ WENDELBO COLLABORATES WITH SEAN MCBRIDE AS XENO & OAKLANDER. THE DUO HAVE RELEASED TRACKS ON ARTIST PIETER SCHOOLWERTH'S WIERD RECORDS, AS WELL AS ON THE THEIR OWN LABEL. XANTEN, AND PERFORMED AT THE SAN...
Louise Fishman: Cheim & read/Tilton Gallery
The 1973 work that greeted visitors to Tilton Gallery's miniretrospec-tive of Louise Fishman's paintings declares its maker as someone with an ax to grind: The phrase ANGRY LOUISE is scrawled graffiti style across the surface, framed by athletic strokes...
Lynne Cooke
1 MERCE CUNNINGHAM DANCE COMPANY (PARK AVENUE ARMORY, NEW YORK) It was at once deeply poignant and deeply exhilarating to see Cunningham's dancers return to New York, after a two-year world tour, for a final series of "Events" before the company disbanded...
Mary Weatherford: Brennan & Griffin
Mary Weatherford moved from New York back to her native Southern California in 1999. Ever since, her abstract paintings have drawn their inspiration from the landscape of her home state, focusing on motifs such as a coastal rock at Malibu or a cave...
"Materializing 'Six Years': Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art": Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum, New York
AS ARTISTS OVER THE PAST DECADE have revisited earlier works of art--whether to interpret them anew, test their methods of production, or engage their liveness and mediation--curators have likewise revived landmark exhibitions to reassess their effects...
Matthew Higgs
1 "PACIFIC STANDARD TIME: ART IN L.A. 1945-1980" (VARIOUS VENUES) My 2011 ended with a weeklong road trip across Southern California, trying to take in as many as possible of the sixty-plus exhibitions in "Pacific Standard Time," arguably the most...
Mattia Bosco: Federico Luger
A bare, rough stone floor modulated into a shiny, anonymous, reflective surface: The first floor of the Federico Luger gallery in Milan appeared in this new state thanks to an intervention by Mattia Bosco (all works Untitled, 2012). Over almost the...
Milan Molzer: Galerie Zdenek Sklenar
The rediscovery of Milan Molzer won't rewrite art history--he worked between the major trends of his era rather than beyond them--but his idiosyncratic and energetic blending of a wide range of contemporary influences nevertheless deserves notice....
"Notations: The Cage Effect Today": Hunter College/Times Square Gallery, New York
THIS PAST WINTER, the Hunter College art program mounted "Notations: The Cage Effect Today" in its Times Square Gallery on far-west Forty-First Street. For an exhibition in honor of a composer who chose Silence as the title of his collected writings,...
Peter Nadas: Kunsthaus Zug
The novels of Hungarian writer and photographer Peter Nadas arouse contrary opinions. Susan Sontag rated A Book of Memories (1986) a masterpiece; Michael Hofmann said it "isn't merely bad but rotten." Guardian reviewer Tibor Fischer dismissed Parallel...
Rafani: The Brno House of Arts
A retrospective is typically understood as an affirmation of historical significance. Since the activities of the Czech-based Rafani collective date back only to the turn of the millennium, such an acknowledgment may seem premature. But their recent...
Rey Akdogan: Miguel Abreu Gallery
Who didn't move to the Big City for the nightlife? Or at least the idea that it's there for you if you want it? Well, prepare to be happy: Rey Akdogan's show "night curtain" was open to the public from dusk to midnight. Accordingly, it took full advantage...
Rob Young
ROB YOUNG IS A CONTRIBUTING EDITOR OF THE WIRE MAGAZINE AND THE AUTHOR OF ELECTRIC EDEN: UNEARTHING BRITAIN'S VISIONARY MUSIC (FABER AND FABER. 2010). HE EDITED NO REGRETS: WRITINGS ON SCOTT WALKER (ORION BOOKS. 2012) AND IS CURRENTLY PENNING AN OCCULT...
Rodney Graham: Johnen Galerie
There's always a lot of Rodney Graham in a Rodney Graham show. In "Rodney Graham: Canadian Humourist," however, we often seemed to be seeing the artist unmasked, even though he still loves to slip into someone else's work, someone else's role. Yet...
Rodney McMillian: Maccarone
"Prospect Ave.": It has such an aspirational ring that one can't help but expect a slum--or perhaps the rotting-from-within Main Street of Stepford. Pressing the name of his old street into service as the title for his first solo outing at Maccarone,...
Roman Liska: Rod Barton
London-based German artist Roman Ligka's exhibition "NUBALANCE" was a statement of dissatisfaction and an expression of desire. The show was conceived not only as a group of works, but as an extended debate; each week the works on view were replaced...
Rosalind E. Krauss
By the time William Rubin (1927-2006) became the magisterial director of the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1973, the imprint left by Alfred H. Barr Jr.'s schema of modernist art's historical progression...
Russell Ferguson
1 "REQUIEM FOR THE SUN: THE ART OF MONO-HA" (BLUM & POE, LOS ANGELES; CURATED BY MIKA YOSHITAKE) This revelatory exhibition of work from 1968 to 1974 by artists associated with the Japanese movement Mono-ha ("School of Things") offered up extraordinary...
Sofia Hernandez Chong Cuy
1 "EDIFICIO METALICO " (TEOR/ETICA, SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA; CURATED BY INT! GUERRERO) Closed for months following the death of its founder, Virginia Perez-Ratton, this key Central American cultural space reopened in February, to the pleasure of all,...
Spencer Finch: Galerie Nordenhake
Emily Dickinson sought the sacred in nature rather than in church. In one buoyant but sacrilegious poem, she "detourned" the Trinitarian blessing, "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost," making it: "In the name of the bee...
Susan Oxtoby: SUSAN OXTOBY, SENIOR FILM CURATOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY ART MUSEUM AND PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE, SERVES ON THE NATIONAL FILM PRESERVATION BOARD, AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS. SHE IS CURRENTLY WORKING ON A HISTORICAL SURVEY OF GEORGIAN CINEMA
1 NAPOLEON (Abel Gance) Gance's 1 1927 silent epic Napoleon, restored by Kevin Brownlow, was presented by the San Francisco Silent Film Festival to capacity crowds at Oakland's splendorous Paramount Theatre this past Spring. Carl Davis conducted the...
Taipei Biennial 2012: Taipei Fine Arts Museum/the Paper Mill
In The Monster That is History, literary scholar David Der-wei Wang considers the taowu, an ancient Chinese monster described as "like a tiger with a human face." This fiendish beast was made all the more ominous by its divinatory ability to see both...
Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs: Raebervonstenglin
There is a specifically Swiss sense of humor--droll, dark, sweetly absurd, weirdly winning--that effortlessly explodes smallness yet resoundingly resists critical explanation. See, for example, Robert Walser's modernist literary set pieces that chart...
TarraWarra Biennial 2012: TarraWarra Museum of Art
For this carefully modest and constantly thoughtful biennial, titled "Sonic Spheres," a focus on sound art means more than audio booths and noise spill. Exhibited work by twenty individual artists and one collaboration includes scores, drawings on...
The Artists' Artists: To Take Stock of the Past Year, Artforum Asked an International Group of Artists to Select the Single Image, Exhibition, or Event That Most Memorably Captured Their Eye in 2012
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The Year in Dance
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19. A conversation in the Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium at the Museum of Modern Art in New York during the first week of "Some sweet day," a three-week-long performance series featuring six choreographers. The program is...
The Year in Museums
FOLLOWING THE ECONOMIC APOCALYPSE OF 2008, art museum leaders set about peddling permanent-collection shows, taking pay cuts, and abjuring business-class travel. Boards of trustees concurred that these economizing measures, both material and symbolic,...
The Year in Pop: Christopher Glazek on Lana del Rey
IN A MIDDLING YEAR FOR POP MUSIC, the cleverest piece of cultural criticism nevertheless came in the form of a new hit from Lana Del Rey, aka Elizabeth Woofridge Grant, heiress to an Internet domain-name fortune and proprietor of one of the most promising...
"Times Square Show Revisited": The Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College
Were we to have the beer-stained napkin upon which was scrawled the brainstorming list of the participants in, say, the Salon des Refuses or the first Impressionist exhibition (perhaps we do, but I've forgotten my Rewald), imagine how precious such...
Ushio Shinohara: Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, State University of New York, New Paltz
When Sonny Rollins shaved his hair into a Mohawk in 1958, he was declaring solidarity with American Indians. When, that year in Tokyo, Ushio Shinohara did the same, it wasn't clear what the gesture meant. An early drawing (also 1958) in "Shinohara...
Valentina Stieger: Stampa
Valentina Stieger's recent exhibition "Good Figures" found new power in familiar ideas. Exploring a high/low dialectic that is now a well-trod path by marrying the austere forms of modernism to a kitschy domesticity evoked by quotidian household materials,...
Vince Aletti
1 PAUL GRAHAM (PACE/MACGILL GALLERY, NEW YORK) The British photographer has been looking closely at the American social landscape for some time now, always alert to its funk and flux--its drifters, strangers, and loners. For "The Present," he stalked...
Wael Shawky: KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Wael Shawky's elaborate filmed marionette piece Cabaret Crusades: The Horror Show File, 2010, based on the history of the First Crusade at the end of the eleventh century, was one of the most impressive works at Documenta 13. The second part of his...
Willem De Rooij
1 SVEN AUGUSTIJNEN, SPECTRES (KUNSTHALLE BERN) Spectres is a 103-minute documentary examining the decolonization of the Belgian Congo and the assassination of its first democratically elected prime minister, Patrice Lumumba. Augustijnen ruthlessly...
Yasuhiro Ishimoto: L. PARKER STEPHENSON PHOTOGRAPHS
Yasuhiro Ishimoto died this past February at the age of ninety. This exhibition functioned as a small homage to the artist, who, over the course of nearly six decades, worked in a wide range of styles. Although he was born in San Francisco, Ishimoto...
Ydessa Hendeles
"I, Kusama, am the modern Alice in Wonderland," says Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at the end of her fantasist rendering of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Penguin Classics), the classic 1865 children's fantasy by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (aka Lewis...
Zoe Leonard: Murray Guy
Moving. It's a word that, used to describe artworks, risks cliche, to say nothing of dangerously separating affective responses from intellectual ones. Yet for the past three decades, Zoe Leonard has honed a practice that calls for and complicates...
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